Ahoy Gord May,
You ask a very good question.I see why you're a "Senior cruiser here,and I'm only a "Junior" ;^) I had to really dig deep into the cobweb of memories to retrieve the answer.We had actually been successful in making our way to the anchor while going under the rodes of the other boats.We were unsuccessful in pulling the anchor up when we got over top of it.All this was happening while an early Meltemi wind
had started in the Greek Islands
.After our unsuccessful attempt at getting the anchor up,we had a pile of chain on the dink.Rather than trying to make our way back to the boat with all of it,we tied a float on the bitter end and dropped the chain overboard
.The new plan was to get back to the boat,motor up to the chain,cleat it off,and then break it free with the forward momentum of the boat. Anyway,it was on our return trip under the boat rodes with the dink that the Italian guy set us adrift.The people on the boats had already been through the drill once,so whether he did it intentional or not,I don't know.There was much more to this whole story but I was trying to keep it short.In case you've never experienced a Meltemi,believe me,it's a force to be reckoned with.We had left the boat in Mykonos harbor to take a short flight to an island called Santorini.When we left,there was no Meltemi wind.The day we flew back from Santorini,it had just begun.The small plane we were on was all over the place as the pilot brought it in to the small run way on Mykonos.As I was looking out my window, I saw the wing tip come within feet of hitting the Tarmac as the plane rolled right before landing.I thought we were all going to die.Luckily,the pilot got the plane safely to the ground.The winds were blowing around force 6&7. We were the last plane to either arrive,or leave on Mykonos.The airport
shut down after our arrival,as did all other modes of transportation through the NE group of Cyclade islands.Even the huge ferry
boats quit traveling. Now you may ask, why in the world would I be trying to get a boat out of a safe harbor when all that was going on? Well first of all, we had waited for three days after returning from Santorini for the Meltemi winds to die down enough for us to leave.Secondly,to be honest,myself and crew were sick of Mykonos.Don't get me wrong,it's a beautiful island,but we had seen and done all that we wanted there. No sail boats were leaving,so we devised the devious ill-fated plan of retrieving the anchor. I knew if I could get the boat out of the harbor,I could make it over to another large island close by and sail in the lee of it to make another harbor.At least it would be a new harbor.Hey, ...I just say it was a plan....I never said it was a good one! Now, I guess you wish you had never asked your question! Ha! Ha! Bye the way, I always enjoy reading your posts here,and elsewhere.Cheers!